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    What it has changed it is an open statement of an important and long overdue change in U.S. policy towards Israel. We are not going to support their illegal settlement expansion anymore, and perhaps, even to the the point of not using our Security Council veto to inappropriately over ride the rest of the worlds condemnation.

    You are one person, I know I don't have to ask if you can imagine what would have happened had someone made President Obama's statement even here, six year or more ago. It would have started a flame war with the person being HR as antisemitic.  

    If you meant that, six years ago, someone would have been HR as antisemitic  for opposing "illegal settlement expansion" (and, presumably, even more so, for opposing the settlement project itself), I'm here to suggest that your memory may be playing tricks on you.

    I limited myself to a review of my own diaries. Even though I've made the point with much greater frequency in comments, effectively searching for comments on this point generally is beyond my computer skills. Here's some of what I found.

    "The great land robbery": The Peace Now Settlements Report. In November 21, 2006, I favorably reported on a study by Israel's Peace Now movement. The diary includes an epigraph meant to characterize the settlers as "robbers." It also includes the following quotation from the Peace Now study:

    ... During the past forty years of occupation, Israel has ruled the territories through military orders and the laws of the State. In so doing, Israel has ignored international laws and agreements, such as the 4th Geneva Accords and the Hague Agreement, which define and limit changes the occupier may make in occupied territory during the period of occupation.

    This report demonstrates that, in addition to ignoring international laws and agreements, Israel has violated even its own norms and laws in the West Bank, through the confiscation of private Palestinian property and the building of settlements upon them.

    I was not HR or accused of antisemitism for characterizing the settlements as illegal.

    In Points of DKos agreement for I-P Peace; Maps & POLL, I called, among other things, "an end to the expansion of settlements"

    In Rabbis for Human Rights, on December 7, 2006, I repeated that call and added, among other things:"The Government of Israel must instruct the IDF and the police to immediately dismantle all 105 outposts in the territories, which were built in contravention of official Israeli policy that opposes creating new settlements in the West Bank."

    I was not HR or accused of antisemitism for characterizing the settlements as illegal.

    In a comment in a diary I published on January 8, 2007, I wrote: "Personally, I wouldn't shed a tear were all the settlements to disappear." I was not HR or accused of antisemitism.

    On June 4, 2007, inChomsky and the two-state I-P peace settlement, I began by writing:

    I take it as uncontroversial that, following the Six-Day War of June 1967, Palestinians have suffered greatly from Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Palestinians live under Israel's often brutal military-colonial rule. And, they face an even bleaker future unless the occupation is brought to an end....
    I was not HR or accused of antisemitism.

    On March 19, 2006 (hey, that's nearly six years ago), in Bad news from an unholy land, I quoted favorably from an editorial in The Economist: ""For peace to come, Israel must give up the West Bank and share Jerusalem; the Palestinians must give up the dream of return and make Israel feel secure as a Jewish state. All the rest is detail."

    I was not HR or accused of antisemitism.

    Finally, on March 31, 2006, in Peace Now: Increased Settlement Construction Since Annapolis, commented: "...a settlement freeze acknowledges the reality that peace with the Palestinians requires their having their own state alongside Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with its capital in East Jerusalem. The presence or absence of a settlement freeze conveys to ordinary Palestinians the extent to which Israelis have internalized this reality."

    I was not HR or accused of antisemitism.

    Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

    by another American on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 10:23:27 AM PST

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